Former U.S. President Donald Trump called on other countries to follow Nigeria’s example and ban the social networks Twitter and Facebook, Forbes wrote on Tuesday, June 8.
“More countries should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech – all voices should be heard. <...> Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil? Perhaps I should have done this when I was president,” Trump said in a statement.
He explained that he was unable to block these platforms during his presidency because of “constant calls and dinner visits to the White House” from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who, according to Trump, constantly praised him.
On June 5, it became known that the Nigerian government suspended the Twitter platform in the country. The company said the government’s decision was deeply troubling.
This came after the social network deleted Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari’s post a few days earlier and blocked his account for 12 hours. In his post, Buhari threatened separatists with punishment for attacking government buildings. The social network’s algorithm deemed the message offensive.
In response, Nigeria’s federal government accused Twitter of double standards and pandering to separatists who want to create the Biafra state.